Julia B. Levine

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Poet Laureate of Davis, California, 2021–

Julia B. Levine was born in New York City and grew up in Flint, Michigan. She received an MFA from Pacific University and a PhD from UC Berkeley. 

Levine is the author of Ordinary Psalms (LSU Press, 2021); Small Disasters Seen in Sunlight (LSU press, 2014), winner of the Northern California Book Award in Poetry; Ditch-tender (University of Tampa Press, 2007); Ask (University of Tampa, 2003), winner of the Tampa Review Prize; and Practicing for Heaven (Anhinga Press, 1991), winner of the Robert Dana-Anhinga Prize for Poetry, as well as the recipient of a bronze medal from Foreword magazine. 

The recipient of numerous other honors, including the Pablo Neruda Prize in Poetry, the Bellevue Literary Review Poetry Prize, and a Discovery/The Nation Prize, Levine lives in Davis, California, where she serves as the city’s current poet laureate. In 2022, Levine received an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowship.